Sunday, July 14, 2013

A little Bastille Day card!

It's Bastille Day, which always reminds me of Marie Antoinette, which always reminds me of the quote that was incorrectly attributed to her, yet will always be associated with her.
Let them eat cake!
This year's Bastille Day also coincides with the Stampotique Designers' Challenge to show some French Flair.

Here's my card.

My Marie Antoinette bird is from Stampotique's Birdy Bonnets stamp, which features three hat-wearing birds holding flowers in their beaks. I used Post-It notes and removable Scotch Tape over parts of the stamp, inked it,  removed the masks, stamped onto creme colored Neenah cardstock, and colored with Copic markers (RVs and Ys). I did add some V gemstones to her crown and then finished the image with Glossy Accents over her eye and Wink of Stella glitter pen on the jewels in her crown.

I think the birdies are meant to be male, but I figured by making it pink, it would become a female. If I had really thought it through, I would have used paler pinks because female birds are usually drabber than their male counterparts.

But I digress. I drew in a grounding line and sponged Distress ink to create the ground. Then I decided to use the Basketweave stencil by The Crafter's Workshop to create a cobblestoney look, so I sponged some Tea Dye Distress ink over the stencil. Then the "sky" looked drab, so I used my pouncy tool and pounced the same Distress inks over it, which produced a dotty mottled look. 

I had a piece of Graphic 45 Curtain Call patterned paper with Eiffel Tower stamps on it left from a previous project and used a Nestabilities rectangle die to cut an aperture, which was promptly sponged with Black Soot Distress ink. I used this piece to frame my bird scene, then edged the piece with more Black Soot Distress ink and a gold Krylon pen. I decided a bit more gold was needed, so I added gold foil stickers to the upper corners.

I computer generated the sentiment, cut it out (crookedly) with a Simon Says Stamps die, then colored it pink to be all matchy-matchy with the bird.

I matted the piece with black cardstock and then added it to a card front and called it done.

I shall be entering this card in the following challenge(s):
Stampotique Designers Challenge #108: French Flair
Allsorts Challenge Blog #215: Furs & Feathers 
•  CMC Copic Challenge Group #72: Anything Goes 
Time for Scrap #7: Paris

Just for giggles, here's another Marie Antoinette card that I did earlier.  Details can be found here!


  1. Fabulous card,
    I love your bird and Eiffel Tower.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Time4Scrap!

  2. Fab thinking out the box moments on this project.

  3. Oh, I so love the bird! She is too cool! :^) Love the fun DP you put with her, love the sparkle, love the coloring, and love the sentiment! And I remember that fabulous M. Antoinette card! Loved it when you posted it & still love it now! :^)
    Hugs, Penny
    Have a great week!

  4. BRILLIANT cards! Made me smile :-)
    Thank you for joining Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Gez

  5. Absolutely love your Bastille Day inspired creations!! They definitely have some French flair. :-) Love your bird for this week's Stampotique challenge, but your second card cracked me up too!! LOL!!! Great work.

  6. Vive la France! Great use of that quirky Stampotique stamp (love it) and the Marie card is just too funny :)
    btw I have a package on the way from Retro Cafe Art - great shop!!

  7. I love your card Kathi, thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)

  8. Love both projects, Kathi, but the "let them eat cake" make me laugh! ;-)

  9. You have such a warped sense of humor but I think it only makes me like you more! I think the hot pink is perfect, maybe her mate wears glitter so that would make her drabber. And who did say "Let them eat cake"? Inquiring minds want to know now....

  10. Darling card. Thanks for joining us at Color Me Creative, I love seeing your creation. Good luck on the challenge.
    Hugs, Patricia

  11. Fabulous creation, thanks for joining the Allsorts challenge. Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  12. Great cards! Thank you for joining Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Magda :)

  13. Great cards! Thank you for joining Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Magda :)